Mark S. Potratz, former campus police chief at Mineral Area College, has been named director of public safety and emergency management at St. Louis Community College.
Potratz is responsible for the overall safety and security of all of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors at all of the campuses and centers. He directs all aspects of the operation and administration of campus police, security and emergency management areas, and ensures the enforcement of district regulations, state and local laws applicable to the security of all college properties.
Prior to joining STLCC, Potratz served for 12 years in Mineral Area College’s Department of Public Safety, including eight as the police chief. He also served as chair and professor in the criminal justice department at Mineral Area, as well as the college’s director of the Law Enforcement Academy and continuing educations programs 2002-06.
Potratz spent six years with the Jefferson College Police Training Institute as a state-certified law enforcement basic training instructor and continuing education instructor.
Potratz also has field experience as a patrol officer with the Town and Country Police Department and as a deputy sheriff/sergeant with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in Hillsboro, Mo.
Potratz is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, the International Association of Certified Law Enforcement Administrators, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Missouri Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
He is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor society, and a lifetime member of the Golden Key Honor Society.
Potratz holds master’s degrees in administration management and criminal justice administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in human resource management, all from Lindenwood University. He will complete a doctorate in business administration, with an emphasis on criminal justice, from Northcentral University (Prescott Valley, Ariz.) in June.